Khanyisa Klaas X MARKHAM

“Women can always come together,” says artist Khanyisa Klaas, speaking about the ability of women to unite and rally around important causes. Inspired by gatherings from the Women’s March of 1956 in which protesters famously declared that “Wathint’ abafazi, Wathint’ imbokodo” all the way to the protested that ignited an uprising against gender-based violence following the murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Khanyisa has created two graphics that depicts this power in the form of a collaboration with MARKHAM.  

One of the trademarks of her work – along with the repeated curves and figures with a single, central eye – tends to be bold colour. For these items, she experimented with more neutral, earthy tones. The result is a capsule collection of bold yet wearable, versatile pieces that have just the right amount of conversation-starting potential. 

Khanyisa hopes that this is just what they’ll do: provide a talking point for men who wouldn’t ordinarily mention the issues of women’s rights in casual conversation. Markham has long advocated for men’s involvement in the fight against gender-based violence, and for the brand, there’s no more natural entry-point into this essential conversation than clothes. 

For Khanyisa, there’s hope and excitement in the celebration of Women’s Month. “It’s about being free!” she says. “Women deserve to be liberated in their own world. To be safe, valued. To have their rights protected!” Her enthusiasm is a reminder that although the occasion is a serious one in terms of its memorialisation of an historic event for South Africa, and should never become a vague event marked by all things pink, floral and stereotypically feminine, it is one with great potential for joy. 

Building on the success of last season’s Neelo x MARKHAM campaign, in which raised almost R800 000 was raised for Sonke Gender Justice, this campaign will see R100 from the sale of each sweatshirt donated towards initiatives that aim to bring an end to gender-based violence in South Africa. Our ultimate goal is to raise R1 000 000 and we need your help. 

 

Join our movement for change and Help! Don’t Harm the women of our country #bethechange.

 

Watch this space as we launch the campaign on Friday 

 

Yours in Style. 

 

MARKHAM